Getting into Yahoo! is a definite coup for any website. Yahoo! has ruled "Search Engine Roost" since it was started way back when. Over years, it has become increasingly difficult to get your website listed in this Internet Directory.
One of reasons that Yahoo! can be so discriminating is because each site that makes it into directory is added by hand. Unlike most Search Engines that have 'robots' that breeze through your website, take what they want, and add you to their list of 10,000's (100,000's?) of sites - Yahoo! literally goes through each site individually and decides whether you make it or not.
We have a few tips for you to make your life easier:
1. First and foremost, it's a fact: Yahoo! does want your money. If you pay them $199, they WILL review your site within 7 days, and may - or may not - add you to their directory. And, they do NOT promise you will get in. Only that they will review your site within time frame they promised. However, I have noticed that this is not a money-grabbing ploy. If you submit your site properly and appropriately, you should breeze right in. Usually, sites that do not make it are generally questionable in nature (although they do have a $600 Adult Site Submission), or are incomplete and unfinished.
***Note: Yahoo! will NOT list your website in it's main op level categories anymore without $199 submission fee. However, you can still submit to Regional/local Categories old-fashioned way.****
Here are guidelines that we highly recommend, especially if you're paying for your submission - you really want it to be accepted, right?:
a. Make sure you choose appropriate category. Do several searches for comparable sites and choose best one for your website.
b. Your site MUST be complete. NO "Under Construction" signs, or "Stay Tuned" notices anywhere, that is a definite disqualifier.
c. Make sure you fill form out completely - fill in contact information and ANY other applicable information.